embed

verb
em·​bed | \ im-ˈbed How to pronounce embed (audio) \
variants: or less commonly
embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding; embeds also imbeds

Definition of embed

transitive verb

1a : to enclose closely in or as if in a matrix fossils embedded in stone
b : to make something an integral part of the prejudices embedded in our language
c : to prepare (a microscopy specimen) for sectioning by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance
d : to insert (a media file, such as a graphic, video, or audio clip) into a computer document (as on a website or in an e-mail) Marketers embed advertisements in subscription mailing-list messages to reach target audiences.— Matthew Mills The company… lets users embed video and audio attachments in E-mail messages.— Matt Richtel
2a : to attach (a journalist) to a military unit for the purpose of covering a conflict Ever since the American-led invasion of Iraq last year, when hundreds of journalists were embedded with military units, people in media circles have been debating whether journalists lose their professional detachment under such circumstances and begin to identify too closely with the troops they are covering.— Robert D. Kaplan
b : to attach (someone) to a group (such as a military unit or government agency) for the purpose of advising, training, or treating its members Implementation of the plan to embed behavior specialists at the brigade level will result in 50 positions being staffed between now and 2013.— Philip Grey Dr. Dawdy … is one of the more unusual relief workers among the thousands who have come to the devastated expanses of Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She is officially embedded with the Federal Emergency Management Agency as a liaison to the state's historic preservation office.— John Schwartz
3 : to surround closely a sweet pulp embeds the plum seed

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Other Words from embed

embedment \ im-​ˈbed-​mənt How to pronounce embedment (audio) \ noun

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Examples of embed in a Sentence

embed a post in concrete the nails were solidly embedded in those old plaster walls
Recent Examples on the Web An algorithm embedded in a system of networked microphones and speakers carefully controls the din. Chris Berdik, Popular Science, "It’s not just you: Restaurants have gotten too loud. But there are some fixes.," 28 Jan. 2020 The league has tested the technology — 14-16 antennae in the arena rafters, four cameras, a sensor embedded in both the players’ shoulder pads and pucks — at the last three All-Star Weekends, including this one. Matt Porter, BostonGlobe.com, "NHL ready to go high-tech with its game presentation," 24 Jan. 2020 Staton saw an implicit duty embedded in the Constitution that obliges courts to prevent the other branches from bringing the nation to its demise. oregonlive, "The dramatic dismissal of a landmark youth climate lawsuit might not close the book on that case," 23 Jan. 2020 Shanghai police have begun using helmets with a camera embedded in the front. Paul Mozur, New York Times, "A Surveillance Net Blankets China’s Cities, Giving Police Vast Powers," 17 Dec. 2019 Here’s a number embedded in my brain through simple repetition: In 2017, 5,646 Native women were reported missing in the United States. Nick Martin, The New Republic, "The Cyclical Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women," 22 Jan. 2020 Its German headquarters are in Bavaria, alongside BMW and Audi and many other companies deeply embedded in China. New York Times, "In Huawei Battle, China Threatens Germany ‘Where It Hurts’: Automakers," 16 Jan. 2020 Light projectors embedded in the walls create the illusion. John Zotos, Dallas News, "American artist explores light and perception in ground-breaking exhibition in Mexico City," 15 Jan. 2020 All of our cells have the TERT gene embedded in their chromosomes. Katherine Ellen Foley, Quartz, "A biotech startup thinks its idea could cure dementia—but scientists have their doubts," 14 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of embed

circa 1794, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

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The first known use of embed was circa 1794

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9 Feb 2020

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“Embed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/embed?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=embed001. Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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embed

verb
How to pronounce embed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of embed

: to place or set (something) firmly in something else

embed

verb
em·​bed | \ im-ˈbed \
embedded; embedding

Kids Definition of embed

: to enclose in or as if in a surrounding substance Workers embedded the posts in concrete.
em·​bed
variants: also imbed \ im-​ˈbed How to pronounce imbed (audio) \
embedded also imbedded; embedding also imbedding

Medical Definition of embed

: to prepare (a microscopy specimen) for sectioning by infiltrating with and enclosing in a supporting substance

Other Words from embed

embedment \ -​ˈbed-​mənt How to pronounce embedment (audio) \ noun

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